Rookie Eatery

4.6
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341 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
What 341 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelissaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Always love it there. Can not fault anything.

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sashat
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always. We love Rookie and will be back again.

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Rose
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and outstanding food. Would highly recommend.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is my favourite restaurant at the moment. Outstanding food and flavours with very professional service. The wine list is limites but very good and very reasonably priced for such a good restaurant. Can't wait to go back.

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Kerry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service outstanding as usual. Our favourite restaurant in The Gong.

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SueC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and innovative - we loved our meal. It is pricey but I did not leave feeling like I had a wonderful evening with fabulous food and great service.

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VasanaE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

i was recommended to try this restaurant as have heard so much good reviews on the food and service.

service is amazing and feed me banquet was absolutely delicious.
Dessert was mind blowing.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just wanted to say thank you again for another amazing meal at rookie. We always receive exceptional service and rave about the food.

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Abacus
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm always very pleased with Rookie's dining experience!

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Geetk
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service and food were very good. The oysters were fresh and the prawns for entree were probably the highlight, beautifully charred and just beautiful. We probably wouldn't order the miso butterscotch chocolate tart (dessert) again only because the flavours were too strong and didn't quite go very well together. Espresso Martini was a let down and not worth the price ($22). Overall a beautiful experience and would definitely recommend to dine in! :)

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TimR
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going back for sure... went back home and spent 2 hours trying to decide the best dish... impossible to do

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food and service were very good, a little disappointed that the structure of the banquet menu had changed. Definitely recommend.

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WillF
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

No music,
Otherwise outstanding food was great all enjoyed dinner

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KellyA
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent value for money, exquisite menu. Generous serves.

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Ruthie
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious banquet courses, from which the fresh scallion flatbread & fermented chilli, kingfish sashimi and the wagyu beef stood out. Only the grilled prawns were a little nondescript. Great service, and the place was full and buzzing as it could be under COVID19 conditions. You can't hang around if you come early though - they want the table, pronto!

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Afternoon,
As always the Service, Food & Wine choice, wonderful .
Well done Rookie

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KenD
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had the set menu midweek with my wife. We both enjoyed all the courses. Service was very good with a friendly & helpful waitperson. They have a good variety of gins and we had a very nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with our dinner. Also, had dessert & coffee which was not part of the set menu and dessert also was delicious , Very nice place for a special dinner.

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LauraL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always so great, we love this place the food and the service.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best fine dining restaurant I have been to in Wollongong. Would recommend for a special event; birthday, anniversary etc.

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ChantelleT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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SallyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first fine dining experience in a long time and it didn't dissapoint. Attentive and highly experienced service, quiet and aesthetic atmosphere plus food thoughtfully portioned and bursting with flavour. A delightfully romantic and delicious evening. Thanks Rookie!

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JEssW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love rookie, always a treat, great space and service, food.os excellent.

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ADerS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in the Illawarra! Delicious food!

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Food was spectacular and service was faultless.

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meld
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was given a gift voucher for my birthday so was unsure what to expect
WOW!
Every course got better when I didnt think it could. The service was excellent, the wine we chose (of course it had to be on the menu in the first place) was excellent match to our dinner. We left feeling extremely happy and satisfied customers and we will definitely be returning.

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Hol31
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We felt the food was over priced for what it was. I am vegetarian and while they had a vegetarian menu they couldn’t do a vegetarian set menu, they substituted one meal but most I could not eat.

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Joel
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service, will be back soon!

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KerrieE
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Nicely priced tasting menu - servings are generous- so go hungry! Service felt a little rushed, the celebratory bottle of red we bought was not the year advertised on the menu nor were we offered the opportunity to taste before it was poured. However - a nice venue and good food. Would certainly go back for more.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful highly recommend, food great service is excellent.

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Debe
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed the Feed Me menu, my favourite dish by far was the dumplings. Ordered dessert to share. Very nice and enough for 2 if you’re not after a big dessert to yourself. Would go back but would need to be a special occasion due to the price.

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Flover
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the feast menu and loved everything. Service was also great.

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HughB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was good. The wine did seem a bit overpriced.

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IanM
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, nouveau and innovative. Would recommend to anyone looking for a dining experience.

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MichelleL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! Lived up to our expectations. Friendly staff and cozy setting.

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Toleva
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, impeccable service and ideal location. The food was a bit of a let down compared to previous visits. Nonetheless still in the top 3 in Wollongong. Highly recommended

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RodV
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and fantastic service. Excellent overall and will definitely be back

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SophieJ
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really gorgeous food, wine and service. We will definitely go back.

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JessH
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous. Well thought out. Everything was delightful

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StevenJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A great dinner experience. Food was amazing with great service.

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NickL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific fusion food with fresh ingredients used sensibly
Excellent vege menu too
Would recommend highly

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Rookie Eatery is rated 4.6 stars by 341 OpenTable diners.

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